‘Medicine No Longer a Secure Profession’, Says Pakistani Medical Graduate, Highlights Employment Problem

The lack of suitable job opportunities is reportedly forcing medical graduates in Pakistan to leave the country. Hamd Nawaz, an MBBS graduate who claims to have graduated from King Edward Medical University in Lahore, highlighted the unemployment problem in Pakistan and said she has been unemployed since graduating.

Nawaz added in a tweet thread that half of her fellow students have been employed since completing their course and have “little space” to stay in the country. “As we speak, more than half of the 350 doctors in my group who graduated with me are planning to apply abroad because jobs here are as scarce as icing on the cake,” she tweeted, adding, that medical graduates would be offered less than 40,000 Pakistani rupees for a 12-hour night shift job.

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“So if you plan to make your own way forward haha. The joke is at your expense. It’s frustrating, humiliating and everything we never thought possible,” Nawaz tweeted.

She added that medicine is no longer a safe profession in Pakistan and advised parents not to pressure their children to pursue this profession. Nawaz said in a tweet that working hours in the medical profession in Pakistan are “insane” and pay is lower. “If you don’t have your own looting private setup, you’re at a serious disadvantage,” she wrote.

Nawaz concluded that parents should give their children free rein in their career choices and explore other options if they end up frustrating them. “Don’t push them to study day in and day out, only to end up sitting at home as a frustrated med graduate applying everywhere – to see how credentials outweigh the merits.” Don’t ruin your kid for nothing,” she tweeted.

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Commenting on Hamd’s post, one user wrote: “The system is in a massive mess. There is still a shortage of doctors in Pakistan, but no doctors are being hired. Those who get assistantships are exploited and overburdened with work.” While another user commented, “You might be right about Pakistan. Doctors are well paid here in Canada. But being a doctor here is a long journey. You must have a four-year degree after grade 12 before you can be accepted into a medical school.

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